Many journalists and media practitioners have suffered attack in Nigeria
Written by darling on October 17, 2019
Amnesty International says no fewer than 19 journalists and media practitioners have suffered attack in Nigeria between January and September 2019.
The human rights organisation disclosed this in its report entitled, ‘Endangered Voices: Attack On Freedom Of Expression In Nigeria’.
In the 42-page document launched in Abuja on Monday, the group noted that the figure was the highest recorded in the country since 2015.
One of the cases highlighted in the report was that of Jones Abiri, a journalist based in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, who was arrested and detained for more than two years without trial for publishing a story about oil blocks and politics in Nigeria.
Another incident was that of Ahmed Salkida who was declared wanted by the Nigerian government for publishing an article and proof of life video of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, among other cases.
Amnesty decried that the civic space has continued to shrink, stressing that clear examples of such were the attacks on freedom of information and expression as well as media freedom.